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Cazenovia Forum announces 2015 speaker series

A former acting general counsel for the Central Intelligence Agency, the nation's top expert on current events in Ukraine and a leading anti-corruption activist are among the upcoming speakers at the Cazenovia Forum, Central New York's premier public affairs lecture series, which recently announced its 2015 lineup.

State police substation in New Woodstock to be rebuilt, possibly relocated

Cazenovia Town Board currently seeking resident input

The Cazenovia Town Board last week announced that the town will tear down the former town highway garage in New Woodstock that currently serves as a New York State Police substation and will replace it with a modular home with detached garage — although the new substation may not be located in the same place.

Nelson town board continues parking ban on North Lake Road

The Nelson Town Board last week extended for another year the local law prohibiting parking along a certain portion of North Lake Road, which expired on Jan. 1.

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Town moving forward with plan to redesign McNitt State Park lake access

The proposed engineering design for a new lake access area at McNitt State Park was received with unanimous enthusiasm from the Cazenovia Town Board last week, and will now be sent to officials at the state parks office for final approval.

Trustees approve Creekside district zone change

The Cazenovia Village Board last week unanimously approved a new law that will allow for the rezoning and redevelopment of the Riverside Drive/Chittenango Creek area that runs from Chenango Street, behind the library and up to Albany Street behind the Red Apple gas station.

It’s a go: Town planning board approves Owera events building

The Cazenovia Town Planning Board last week approved the request of Owera Vineyards to construct a permanent 6,300 square-foot “Promotion and Marketing Facility” to replace its three-season events tent for special winery functions on its East Lake Road property. The approval came with numerous conditions and limitations, however, many of which, if ignored or violated, will revoke the approval.

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State of the area: U.S., N.Y. politics as partisan, detrimental as they appear

The partisan politics of Washington are as bad and gridlocking as they look, and the governor’s politics in Albany are crippling the finances of our school district and endangering our children’s education. These were the two major messages received by about 50 area residents last week during the annual State of the Area event sponsored by the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce.

Fenner town board holds 2015 organizational meeting

The Fenner Town Board last week held its first meeting of the new year, during which the board made its annual organizational appointments.

Cazenovia Town Board makes annual appointments

During its first meeting of the new year, the Cazenovia Town Board last week approved its annual organizational appointments for the town government as well as attended to regular business.

Great Decisions discussion group begins Feb. 5

The public is invited to participate in “Great Decisions 2015,” a discussion group about U.S. foreign policy sponsored by the Cazenovia League of Women Voters. The group will meet for eight weeks on Thursdays through February and March. The first meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in the Cazenovia Public Library reference room.

Nelson sets public hearing for Georgetown ambulance district agreement

Board reassures public that ambulance coverage has not changed, only the districting aspect is new

The Nelson Town Board last week approved three resolutions regarding their intention to create a new Georgetown ambulance district in the town of Nelson: one to pay for the 2015 contract with the ambulance service, one to amend the rate of pay for district residents and one to set a public hearing about the proposed coverage contract. Town Supervisor Roger Bradstreet also said he wanted town residents to be clear that this proposed contract does nothing to change the ambulance service currently received in the town, it merely creates a new ambulance district to allow the Georgetown Ambulance service an avenue to recover its rising operational costs.

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Village board moves forward with proposed Creekside Development District law

A few village residents in and around the Riverside Drive/Chittenenago Creek corridor, which the village board is currently looking to rezone to help future development, had some concerns about the proposed zone change legislation currently pending before the village but, overall, they did not outright oppose the law at last week’s public hearing on the issue. Mayor Kurt Wheeler said the law’s wording needs to be “tightened up” and “clarified,” but otherwise the village’s efforts to help potential development in the creekside area are moving forward.

Cazenovia area municipal board meeting schedule for 2015

Here are the board and committee meeting schedules for the four Cazenovia-area municipalities

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U.S. Rep. Hanna sworn in for new term, issues 2014 year-end report

U.S. Representative Richard Hanna last week was sworn in to serve a third term in Congress. He issued a year-end report as part of his ongoing commitment to transparency and accessibility to the citizens of upstate New York.

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State gives more than $1 million in grants to Cazenovia-area businesses

Four Cazenovia-area businesses last week were awarded more than $1.8 million in state grant funding by the New York State Regional Economic Development Council. The funds will go towards the creation of a new Cazenovia hotel, the expansion of an existing Cazenovia vineyard, the expansion of a Cazenovia restaurant and inn and the transformation of a commercial building in Nelson into an agri-tourism-based destination.

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